Roofs can last for 20 years on average. But depending on the amount of maintenance and severe storms they go through, their life span can be trimmed to 10 years or less. To ensure the longevity of your roofing, you should consider the elements that they’ll mostly be exposed to. If you live in a hail-prone area, make sure to invest in roofing that can hold up against a severe hail storm.
In this article, Colorado Roof Toppers, a trusted contractor that delivers quality roofing and seamless gutters, lists some features you should consider to ensure your roofing can minimize the risk of hail storm damage.
1. UL 2218 Class 4 Rating
Find out if the roofing material has been tested for hail resistance. Experts consider the UL 2218 Class 4 testing as one of the best ways to measure the ability of a product or material to withstand a severe hail storm. It involves using a steel ball to impact various parts of a roofing system, such as edges, joints and seams. The UL 2218 Class 4 rating is considered by many professionals as the highest level of protection that a roof can provide.
Asphalt shingles and metal roofs are two of the most effective roofing materials that can minimize hail storm damage. Even though both are lightweight, they are best known for their durability and impact resistance. You can find asphalt shingles with UL 2218 Class 3 and 4 ratings, while metal roofs also have variants with a UL 2218 Class 4 rating. Don’t hesitate to ask your residential roofing contractor to learn about other options suited for your needs.
3. Panel Design
A corrugated panel design is ideal for masking dents and other cosmetic damage caused by hail. Experts also say it improves the strength of metal roofs.
Colorado Roof Toppers has several years of industry experience. With our passion for excellent craftsmanship, we always strive to deliver the best results for our customers — whether it’s a roof repair or gutter installation job. Call us at (720) 378-1901 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve homeowners in Longmont, CO, and the surrounding areas.